Obama and Pope Francis at the White House, September 23 2015.
A pope will address the US Congress for the first time this week, but Catholicism and American politics have long been intermingled.
Now becoming a saint…
The canonization of an 18th century Spanish priest is causing controversy given the suffering of Native Americans in California's missions. But there's a bigger issue at stake here for the church.
They see me rollin’…
Pope Francis's US visit is being trumpeted as exceptional, but the Vatican has been a superpower for decades.
Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce.
On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Getting ready for the pope.
This is going to be the most difficult trip of the Argentinian pontiff so far. Here's why it's worth paying attention to.
The GOP’s problem with Pope Francis is that he may be too conservative.
Republicans' problem with the pope is not that he's too liberal on issues such as capitalism, it's that he's too conservative.
We cannot attribute a particular characteristic, whether positive or negative, to religion as religion does not have the ability to act.
When public policy is being shaped, it is incumbent upon public figures to be better versed in discussions surrounding religion.
A modest car with a message.
The Catholic Church in Latin America is feeling the heat from evangelicals: could the pope's recent trip help bridge the divide?
Chicago has encouraged green roofs to reduce water runoff and energy consumption in buildings.
Mayors from the around the world are at the Vatican to discuss climate change, a global issue that's proving to be most effectively addressed at the local level.
Laudato Si’: for some, a guide to personal values and morals in the Anthropocene.
The ink is still drying on the Pope’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si’” or “On Care for Our Common Home,” and scholars, critics and pundits will analyze and assess it for years to come. But one aspect of…
Among certain minority religious communities, there’s a focus on homegrown or locally grown food.
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Yes, environmental racism is still a problem, but recent research shows that minority groups care about protecting the environment because of the positive experiences they've had.
In elevating the status of animals, the Pope looks back to Francis of Assisi’s example and looks ahead to the prospect of environmental catastrophe.
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In suggesting the ultimate restoration of all creatures in his recent encyclical, Pope Francis is breaking with the weight of Western philosophical and theological tradition.
Pope Francis has made a strong call to action on climate change.
Tony Abbott gets some lucky breaks. Imagine if Pope Francis had issued [this week's encyclical - with its clarion call for the world to address climate change - last year in the run up to the G20 hosted by Australia.
The papal encyclical challenges leaders to take action on climate change.
The immediate importance of the Pope Francis' encyclical comes from its potential to influence world leaders and galvanise the developing world ahead of the Paris Climate Conference this year.
Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I’ve always found it a bit difficult to take men who go to work wearing silk dresses, lots of jewellery, and improbably large hats terribly seriously. Plenty of people…
Laudato Si’ challenges us to examine the root causes of environmental ills and injustices.
The pope's encyclical Laudato Si' tells us to protect nature and act on climate change for more than reasons of self interest.
Shining a light on religion and politics.
The pope's encyclical challenges the belief in markets to solve social ills – a difficult message for Catholic Republican presidential candidates to accept.
Sic transit gloria mundi … and down with neoliberalism.
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Pope Francis's intervention in the climate debate puts him on collision course with global elites.
As a geopolitical figure, the pope has urged the West to combat global poverty and preserve the environment.
By equating human rights to the protection of nature, the pope's encyclical opens up an international debate with broad political implications.
Reaching the faithful – and many others.
For people who take the Bible seriously – not only Catholics – the pope's encyclical on climate change and the environment will change minds.